6 Jan

Crystal Palace boss Warnock frustrated with referees: ‘Everything is against us!’

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has called for consistency from Premier League officials after his side were again left frustrated by referee decisions in a 3-1 home loss to Sunderland.Having been denied a penalty in the opening seconds of the game and a possible spot-kick later in the first half, the Eagles fell behind when Steven Fletcher headed home before the interval.A fourth Sunderland own goal in three games, this time from substitute Wes Brown, brought the hosts level before Jordi Gomez and Fletcher struck either side of Palace skipper Mile Jedinak sending off to lift the Black Cats out of the relegation zone.With the boss already facing a hearing with the FA having questioned the motives of the referee in the recent defeat to Chelsea, Warnock also vented his disapproval at decisions which he believes went against his side at Hull and West Brom.And when asked about Phil Dowd’s performance at Selhurst Park on Monday night, the 65-year-old said: “I’m just disappointed for the lads.“We put a really good shift in and I was really proud. On another night things go for us. It hurts like hell and it hurts the players as well.??”We have got to regroup and play ourselves through it. At the moment we feel everything is against us. Football is cruel. I will let you guys describe it – I just want to talk about us. We were fantastic really.??“It was 35 seconds – they could have been down to ten men,” the boss said in referece to the early penalty incident, where Fraizer Campbell was brought down by Santiago Vergini in the box.“Those decisions change games. All we want is consistency and we want top-class refs to get top-class decisions right and it isn’t happening for us.??“I have spoken to him [Dowd]. I don’t want to tell you what he has said. I didn’t need to say anything – everyone saw the incident I was talking about with him. I’m just deflated at the moment, as you can see. I just want to talk about my team.”??When discussing his own players, Warnock called for them to show more of a mean streak having told them to up their game after a first half which saw them fail to test Costel Pantilimon in the Sunderland goal.??”We are a little naive at times and there are areas we need to improve,” he added.??”We needed a few words at half-time. At half-time we changed it and we were a lot better second half. I said we have got to forget the officials and get on with our own game.??”We let the penalty get to us for half an hour and we have just got to get on with it. We have got to make our own luck.??“To top it all, we kick the ball out when their lad needed treatment, which was a nothing challenge, and they kick it out for a throw-in. Really respectful isn’t it? I think we’re too nice, too honest.” 1 Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock last_img

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